The Kenora District Services Board will spend about $1 million more in 2019, compared to 2018 - representing a 1.99 per cent increase. Directors approved spending estimates worth about $57 million, that's a significant increase of about $15 million over 2017.
“The KDSB is pleased that as a Service System Manager, through the provision of administering essential Human and Social Services that we can sustain, grow and improve operations while achieving a minimal cost increment to Municipalities in the District. This year’s objectives and deliveries continue to support the very core mission of the KDSB: Dedicated to Improving Lives,” says Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer of the KDSB.
“The 2019 budget is a pro-active strategy that provides affordable community services and supports, increased services and partnership development, and the modernization of current programs and services such as Housing, Child Care, Social Assistance and Land Ambulance services. The KDSB and Board will continue working in partnership with all levels of government to ensure that our communities receive equitable assistance in regards to support and funding to improve the quality in which KDSB delivers its services.”
“The KDSB has many substantial projects to execute in 2019 that will benefit individuals and families immensely in addressing the complex challenges that we face as a District. As a Board, we feel that the budget passed ensures that KDSB is progressive in its services offered while allowing the Board to make strategic investments in achieving 2019’s vision,” says Barry Baltessen, Board Chair of the KDSB.
A lot of the extra spending is coming in housing and land ambulance. Directors have pledged to spend $20 million over 10 years on housing. 2019's budget has a roughly $14 million housing price-tag. Emergency medical services costs are rising from $15 million to roughly $16 million. Early Learning is tagged for $13 million, and social services is expected to cost roughly $9 million.
Highlights of the 2019 budget also include an increase of child care spaces, an update to their 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan, the enhancement of local poverty reduction programs, housing developments and investments, and a new communication strategy.
The budget represents an 8.47 per cent increase for the share from the 9 local municipalities and 4 unincorporated territories that the KDSB serves. The budget originally called for an 8.1 per cent increase, but would have required $62,000 from KDSB reserves.
In 2016, spending estimates for the services board were about $39 million, but they had reached $56 million by 2018.
- 2019 - $57 million
- 2018 - $56 million
- 2017 - $42 million
- 2016 - $39 million
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